John Bel Edwards

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Governor John Bel Edwards announced that two-thousand new jobs will be created as DXC Technology will open a digital transformation center in January of 2018 in New Orleans. Edwards says this project has been in the works for over two years and is a great addition to the state.

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University system presidents met at the governor’s mansion Thursday afternoon to discuss steps to eliminate hazing and alcohol abuse among sanctioned groups on campus. LSU System President F King Alexander says it’s not their intention to get rid of Greek organizations, because they do a lot of good work in the community

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The results of a polling show that Governor John Bel Edwards has an approval rating of 53-percent. The poll also shows his disapproval rating is 32-percent. Louisiana State University Political Science Professor, Robert Hogan, says it is always a good sign when the governor’s approval rating is past 50-percent.

Hogan Says however, it does not mean Governor Edwards is good to go. He said Governor Edwards being a democrat in a state with a high number of democrats usually brings about problems.

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Another legal battle is brewing between Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry. The A-G filed a motion in court this week to take control of the Edwards administration lawsuit that accuses pharmaceutical companies of worsening the opioid crisis. Landry says it only makes sense for his office to handle this litigation.

Court: Governor Can't Protect LGBT Rights Via Order

Nov 1, 2017
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Louisiana's governor has lost his latest effort to revive an executive order aimed at protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government.

A three-judge panel of a Louisiana appeal court ruled Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards lacked authority to issue his April 2016 order banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The appeal court panel sided with a lower court judge who blocked enforcement of the order in December at Attorney General Jeff Landry's urging.

Louisiana Governor, Wife To Travel To Puerto Rico

Oct 30, 2017
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his wife, Donna, will travel to Puerto Rico to meet with officials and discuss their recovery from Hurricane Maria.

Edwards and the first lady are making the trip at the invitation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Joining them will be Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard, and Col. James Waskom, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. / /

Prison reform measures go into effect Wednesday when some 14-hundred non-violent offenders will be released as a result of changes to the state’s sentencing laws.  It’s an effort led by Governor John Bel Edwards to lower the state’s incarceration rate which is considered the highest in the world.  State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says most of these prisoners set free this week were nearing their release. 

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A video series has been released by Governor John Bel Edwards to educate the public on the criminal justice reform legislation that goes into effect next Wednesday. 14-hundred non-violent offenders are set to be released. New Orleans Representative Walt Leger is featured in one the videos and the former prosecutor says there are many non-violent offenders that are better served receiving treatment for drug abuse or mental health issues.

More Louisiana Public Schools Soon To Be Deemed Failing

Oct 23, 2017
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Louisiana is toughening its rating system for public schools.

 The Advocate reports that, under the new rating system, the number of F-rated public schools is expected to shoot up 57 percent next year. Those with A ratings are expected to drop 38 percent.

 The new rating system won approval from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on an 8-3 vote last week.

 Backers praised the revamped measuring stick, which is part of Louisiana's push to make school rankings line up more closely with the grading in other states.

Edwards Speaks To Harvard Institute About Crisis Response

Oct 23, 2017
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Gov. John Bel Edwards is speaking to students at Harvard University about his time as Louisiana's governor and his approach to dealing with crisis.

 The governor's office said Edwards was talking Monday with the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was delivering a lecture on homeland security to a class led by Juliette Kayyem, a former U.S. homeland security assistant secretary and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.